Update on Me and Site’s Future

Hello again! Let’s cut to the chase – I got burned out. Some of you might have noticed symptoms in the months prior to my exit. I needed a break to assess, re-focus and rebuild things that mattered to me, outside of TMRG, which took a back seat when I was active. And I’m glad I did. 

The last 1.5 years turned out to be fantastic in many different ways. I can’t get into details but let’s just say – I set small goals and ended up better professionally and personally. Side-effects included getting fitter, developing more meaningful relationships, and dabbling with new activities. There’s more to come in 2020.

…and now I want to get back to what I love – TMRG.

I’m absolutely humbled and floored by the messages/emails you sent. It was crazy browsing through Reddit and seeing a post asking about my whereabouts. It wasn’t fair of me to go MIA without notice – and I apologize – but I just had to cut the cord completely for correcting course.

I’m going to restart writing (there’s a lot to track) but will have to dedicate lesser time for social media and site comments. Posts might be shorter and may not always be timely. I’m going to have to start slow to find the right balance. My 2020 calendar has started filling up, so I’ll make sure to post a quick FYI tweet if I’m out for a considerable amount of time.

A lot has transpired since in the metro rail world – most of which is exciting. I’ve started updating each city’s project information page and will update the others’ in the next couple weeks, with a goal to wrap up by month-end. New posts will trickle in as I find my bearings and reconnect with the industry – please be a little patient 🙂 

TMRG

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Global traveler who prefers mass rapid transit

48 Responses to "Update on Me and Site’s Future"

  1. Ram sarikh says:

    We missed you dear. You are doing wonderful job

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  2. Ram sarikh says:

    We missed you dear. You are doing wonderful job.

    Happy New year 2020

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  3. Mukesh says:

    Happy New year 2020

    Please give a good number of update don’t waste platform or idea, either do yourself, take help or pass on to others who are interested in.

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  4. Chinmaya says:

    Welcome back Sir. We used to get more better updates from you, more than the metro corporations. Your updates were seriously found valuable.

    Good to hear that you took break and prioritized your personal aspects, decided to stay away from social media which made you revive and come back to TMRG which seemed to be your passion.

    All the best !!!

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  5. Sid says:

    Welcome back TMRG. Waiting for your updates.

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  6. Aditya says:

    Hey Bro! you do a great job, really missed you for the updates on Delhi Metro Phase 4. Nice to see you come back. You can let me know for any help I can do.

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  7. Zeeshan Ali Sayed says:

    Thank God u r fine, I had assumed something worse.

    It’s good to see u back.

    Hoping everything is fine now.

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  8. Sanket says:

    Nice to see you again, hope you are doing well! Hope you take more time off 🙂 Would be great if you are able to inform beforehand, but would understand in the other case..

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  9. Anand says:

    Thanks for the updates.. Happy to see you back..

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  10. Bharat Kheria says:

    I am glad that you got your main life goals in order. However with regards to your future agenda for TMRG I respectfully disagree with your assessment . Your USP is the detailed and informative nature of your updates.

    I understand that this is a hobby and you can’t let that overload your life however you should not let go of your uniqueness in this mediocrity ridden world.
    My suggestion to you shall be don’t try to catalogue every milestone even one update per month is good enough if it’s detailed with a unique perspective. With regards to social media and comments section I agree with your philosophy of reducing the clutter and load.
    Might I also suggest collaboration and delegating to lessen the load. With that in mind I will be glad to help too 😀

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  11. Mithun says:

    Welcome back Mr. TMGR.

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  12. arvind says:

    Do you think you could work out something where others contribute along with you and you review the posts before they get published?

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  13. Arun says:

    Good to have you back! We really missed you…

    Very glad to know that you have got your life sorted. have a great 2020! Cheers

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  14. Santhosh Hugar says:

    Great…. Was waiting for this day. I was seriously worried what if someone did something to you for your daring articles which might have pissed off them. Thank God. You are back. Happy new year.

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  15. Rajkumar Dugar says:

    WELCOME BACK 🙂
    Eagerly await your feeds on NAMMA METRO

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  16. Ritesh Ranjan says:

    Welcome back sir!! Great to see you back.

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  17. Irfan Bashir says:

    Hi TMRG, Good to have you back mate 👍
    Many thanks for your selfless community service in the past….I definitely benefitted from it (NOIDA/Greater NOIDA).
    Cheers !

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  18. Kanan says:

    Thank you for coming back.

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  19. Vijay says:

    Whatever happens; happens for the good. Absolutely delighted to know you’re back! 🙂 Happy resuming! n do let us know if any type of volunteering would be of help to you. We all don’t want to lose out on your brilliant bird’s eye view just because your wings are tired 🙂

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  20. Raghu says:

    Your tweet about coming back made my day bro!
    I dedicate this song to you
    https://youtu.be/tC8631Kqzb0

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  21. Alok Pusti says:

    Welcome back sir 😇

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  22. Arun says:

    Welcome back TMRG

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  23. sri says:

    Feels like a new metro line opened! Welcome back..

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  24. Muthu says:

    It almost feels like there is no work happening on metro systems if TMRG doesn’t update on his website. Glad you are back!

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  25. Akshay says:

    Well come back

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  26. Viral Trivedi says:

    Welcome back

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  27. Naveen says:

    Welcome back, TMRG. You were sorely missed. So good to see this site active again. Millions of frustrated Bangaloreans visited this site for information about good ol Namma Metro.

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  28. James says:

    Happy New Year and welcome back!
    I understand that it must have been extremely stressful at the time when you left. Was hoping you would be taking care of your health and prioritise what you need to get better.

    I pray 2020 will be better than you imagined. Take your time in catching up since the last updates in 2018. Good to see your new year tweets on Twitter as well. God bless you abundantly.

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  29. yantraka says:

    Welcome back, TMRG!

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  30. SMK says:

    I missed ur updates man.. Welcome back

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  31. Ravi says:

    Thank God you are back. There was a vacuum of information well organized and presented for the common man.

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  32. Ashok N says:

    Welcome back, TMRG. I was genuinely worried. Please take care! Don’t take too much stress, and keep yourself healthy. End of day, health and family is all that matters.

    On practical side of how this blog can be run
    1. Try to form a team and delegate. Maybe have a “COO” to run the operations, and you concentrate only on content.
    2. Or have others contribute content and you look only into quality and final approval.

    All the best!

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  33. Aakash M says:

    Welcome back, missed you greatly. Looking forward to your updates.

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  34. Saurav says:

    It’s great to see you back! You were the most reliable and trusted source for metro rail updates. Thanks for your work. Take care, never ignore your mental health, take occasional breaks and feel free to take another long break if you feel like! No pressure

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  35. Surya says:

    Glad to see you back on your feet and running again. Welcome Back boss! Looking forward for more enriched details from your end. Its been quite a dark time without you here.All the best 🙂

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  36. Salman Dawood says:

    Welcome back!

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  37. VIKRAM SINGH RAJPUT says:

    Hello Sir,
    I have done civil engineering. I have a total experience of 6 years. I have been working in the underground metro for 3 years.I have worked in the package-6 line-3 for 2 years in international airport, domestic airport & santacruz in Mumbai. Right now I am working in Underground Metro Pune from Sixth Month in swargate metro projects. Apart from these, I have also worked in infrastructure. I hope you give me a chance. My contact number is 9929290790
    Thank you,
    Regards.

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  38. S says:

    Hi TMG,

    I am glad to hear that you are back! Take care buddy.. as much as I missed these updates, your health and family should be your priority 🙂

    Btw, Happy new year 2020! May this year bring happiness, peace, good health and great success to you and yours!

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  39. Reader says:

    Welcome back Metro Rail guy. Hope things turn for better in new year for you !
    Take care of your health as that is most important thing in life.

    Your work is appreciated by many and you are loved for your invaluable contributions. I hope this fact is not lost on you.

    Lastly keep up the good work. All the best on behalf of the reader community of TMRG !!

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  40. Krishnan says:

    Welcome baack! It’s great to hear that you are back again dude! We’ve missed you terribly. There are thousands of us who look forward to a news of better Indian railway infrastructure from you.

    Sorry to hear that you got burnout. Hope you are better now. I am grateful for all the things that you have done for us without asking for anything in return.

    As a small token of my appreciation, I have donated to you on Paypal. No one deserve it better. I hope that others can also contribute to you via PayPal or some other way keep this website going!

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  41. Hunsur Raghavendra Rao says:

    Welcome back, TMRG. I was genuinely worried. Please take care! Don’t take too much stress, and keep yourself healthy.
    We really missed you. If stressed remove the option of people to comment and focus only on updates.
    Happy new year 2020 and as someone has commented it looks like a new metro line has opened in 2020.

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  42. S MANIKANTAN says:

    Come on man, how can you be so casual. I am mighty angry with you and so are many like me. But only thing they dont want to castigate you. But I had to give you an earful.

    Anyway, because we all are at your mercy, we cant do anything. So we have to take it in our stride or grin it and bear.

    I used to off and on check TMRG. Only now, when I got a feed on my mobile on some metro news, I realised that you are back. But I still wanted to check for myself. And yes, you have come back well and truly.

    And knowing you, I can tell you, you are surely going to ditch us again, but I dont know when. But that time, I will not be suirprised or pained. I will only dub it as a whimsical attitude of yours.

    The feeling is like, you all of a sudden vanish from your house without telling your wife. And after 2 years suddenly turn up. How would the wife feel? Cheated and angry. That’s what I am feeling now.

    Anyway, I can’t rant more.

    Please, if you leave, have the courtesy to tell us all and then go. Thatl’s the least we ask of you.

    I also thought like others, that you ended your life or some criiminal did that to you!

    Ok, Enough.

    Please regale us with all news on metro. I am desperate. I am a metro-maniac man.

    Bye.

    Manikantan

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  43. Sukanta says:

    Please give pictures in your posts about construction updates if it’s possible. Bmrcl newsletter is very misleading

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  44. Rajan says:

    Glad to see you back . This is a very nice site for metro philes

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  45. Lazy Dad says:

    Found your thread on reddit. I know it’s really frustrating when some idiots copied and monetized your hard work. Happened same to me. You feel like giving up. In most cases, these guys work like an online gang and they are SEO and online experts. They know what they are doing. They are not even scared of getting their AdSense account banned, which means a certified Ad Partner/Account Manager is behind their business.

    The more you ask them to remove your content from their sites, the more they will copy. They will keep copying.

    Check the Ad Account IDs on their display ads. Try reporting it to Google. Submit your post on other subreddits like r/juststart, r/SEO, and r/webmarketing for more exposure. They may help you out.

    My suggestion to you is – ignore and move on. Keep up your good work. Soon or later, their sites will get penalized.

    Best luck

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    • Ritik says:

      Your comment led me to reddit and I came to know about this for the first time. I didn’t realise those sites were ripping you off and used to follow them too. I obviously won’t name the sites because it must be TMRG’s decision if he wants to bring that issue over to this blog or not, but I’m sure there are many loyal enough followers who are simply unaware of this issue entirely.

      Keep up the good work TMRG, it is highly appreciated!

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